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THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY 


MAY 93 


Please complete and return the following questionnaire for our reference file on May Show artists. 


FULL NAME: Gayle Ayn Pritchard 

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: c „ „ „ „ 

5-11-57, Van Wert 

CA TEGORY/PRIMARY MEDIA: £ .. 

fiber 


PRESENT POSITION Artist 
Ohio 


ART TRAINING (Schools, Scholarships, etc.): 

College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 

University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France (scholarship) 
Josephenum College, Columbus, OH: Surface Design Symposium 
Cleveland Institute of Art, Adult Education (scholarship) 


EXHIBITIONS IN WHICH YOUR WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN (include location and year): 

Only selected exhibitions are listed 

1993-1994: traveling exhibition throughout Australia 
1993, Glass Growers Gallery, Erie, PA 

1993, Powerhouse, Cleveland, OH, NOVA Artist's exhibition 

1992, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH (cont. on reverse 

COLLECTIONS THAT NOW INCLUDE YOUR WORK: 

My work is included in numerous private collections. I am currently completing 
a piece for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The piece will be presented when 
the nuseum is completed and will become part of their collection. 


AWARDS: 

Scholaships based on merit, Cleveland Institute of Art, cont. ed. program 
1991: Professional Quilter Teacher of the Year Award 

1978: recipient of $15,000 award, Rotary Scholarship for overseas study 


We would appreciate having a statement about your philosophy and work as an artist—either general or 
something specific about the piece(s) selected for this year’s May Show to aid us in the preparation of 
gallery talks and in the release of publicity materials. For more space, use the back of this sheet. 

My work tends to explore personal issues brought to the fore by life experiences. 
In attempting to find an expression for these feelings in my work, I hope to also 
address cultural and social issues any viewer can identify with — such as the 
quest for spiritual meaning, dealing with loss, isolation, happiness or the 
discovery of a peaceful place within. 

The MASKS series (of which this is the second piece) explores the human search 
for meaning and renewal. This piece, The Joybringer, is influenced by tribal and 
native American art, while taking the form of a tryptych as well as a prayer rug. 
The melding of such diverse influences and symbols finds its expression in the 
artwork, where questions can be asked and answers sought over and over again. 


Form 10-32 Rev. 2/87 



Selected exhibitions, cont. 


1991, Golden West College Fine Arts Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA 
1991, Bunte Gallery, Franklin Univ., Columbus, OH 
1990, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH 

1990, Hans Christian Anderson Art Center, Odense, Denmark ^finalist award 
1990, Nat'l. Trust for Historic Preservation, Decatur House, Wash., D.C. 

1989, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Ctr., Auburn, NY 

1990, Cleveland Museum of Art, Focus Fiber, Cleveland, OH